In Isaiah we are given a vision of the great feast to come, when God will wipe away death forever. In Jesus’ parable about a great banquet, those invited do not come, so the invitation is extended to others. In our liturgy God spreads a table before us. Even amid anxiety and hardship we rejoice in the peace of God that surpasses all understanding. With great joy we feast at the table of the Lord, and we go forth to share the wonderful invitation with others hungering and thirsting for the abundant life of God.
Our gratitude to those who made a financial gift for the appeal for the fire alarm and replaced central air unit. As of Oct. 11, we have received $13,557.59. Our goal remains $16,000 and there still is time to participate. Simply make your checks payable to St. Paul's and write special appeal in the memo line. Once again, thank you to all the people who generously gave to the special appeal.
Be sure to pick up your copy of the monthly newsletter in the narthex or click here. The monthly newsletter is a new publication that will bring you additional news and give you a chance to hear more from Pr. Arthur.
Ever wonder how to approach the Word of God? Pr. Arthur will be teaching a six part course on how Lutherans engage scripture. The class materials come with the book, Opening the Book of Faith. The book and materials have their origin from a 2007 ELCA initiative calling God's people to become "more fluent in the first language of faith, the language of scripture." The class meets on Sundays at 9:45 a.m. in the multi purpose room, classroom 121. ...
Once again, we will meet at the East Bremer Diner on Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the loft. This month will explore our Lutheran Heritage by remembering Martin Luther's career as well as the strengths and weaknesses of our tradition. This event is open to all even if you have not signed up.
Please join Mission Board members in the narthex between services on Sunday, Oct. 15 as our congregation writes an offering of letters for Bread for the World. The purpose is to urge elected leaders to enable people in our nation and our world to feed their families and move out of poverty. To learn more, see the bulletin insert or click here. ...
The Waverly Chamber Music Series inaugural concert will be Sunday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. in the narthex. The concert features Trio 826 with Sean Botkin. The concert is free and open to the public. There will be free-will donation available at the concert.
Join us for a German dinner in celebration of the Reformation and our German heritage here at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church & School on Oct. 25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. as a fundraiser for the upcoming National Youth Gathering in Houston, TX. Menu includes brats, hot dogs, kraut, German potato salad, and carrots. ...
On Saturday, Oct. 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Worship Board is hosting a prayer vigil in our chapel. Each prayer time slot is 30 minutes. Sign ups are available in the narthex. This weekend the congregation is also invited to submit prayer requests with our prayer vigil request card. These prayer requests, along with our petitions on the prayer chain, will be the substance of each 30 minute time slot. Join us in prayer for our world, our nation, our community and our ministry.
Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World will be shown at St. Paul’s on Saturday, Oct. 28. The movie will begin at 10 a.m. in the Parish Hall with lunch to follow. During lunch, Pr. Arthur will lead a discussion on the movie. Lunch menu will be soup and sandwiches and is sponsored by Thrivent. Please sign up in the narthex.
October marks the 10th anniversary of St. Paul's Saints Cafe. We would love to have you join us and serve at our next meal on Oct. 30. The sign up sheets can be found in the narthex. Thank you to everyone who makes this important community meal possible.
If you are interested in becoming a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church & School, please mark your calendars for Sunday, November 5 & 12 at noon until 1 p.m. New member orientation includes a tour of the building, meeting the staff and lay leadership and a primer in Lutheran identity. Lunch and childcare will be provided. If you are interested or have questions, please email email@example.com or call the church office at 352-3850.
This Sunday, Oct. 15, all parents are invited to come to classroom 310 for a time of fellowship during the God Zone time. There is no official agenda, but a chance for parents to share what is going on and glean ideas and wisdom from other parents. All are welcome!
On Sunday, Oct. 29, during the education hour, there will be centers set up in the Parish Hall to learn more about the Reformation. This is open to everyone and there will be many activities for children of all ages.
Starting Nov. 12, there will be a display set up in the narthex containing many Christmas books, videos and resources for purchase. You can browse the selections and make a purchase. This is a no cost event for St. Paul's, but an opportunity for families to purchase great Christmas resources and gifts. All purchases will be here in time for Christmas. If you have questions please contact Deb Ford, director of children's ministry, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity is again helping a local family buy an affordable home. The walls are scheduled to go up this week and there are opportunities in the coming weeks for small groups to volunteer. St. Paul’s has been asked to organize some of these groups to work half or full days on a Thursday or Saturday this fall. No experience or tools are needed as volunteers are directed by Habitat for Humanity personnel. ...
Garage sale season is almost over, but our supply of baby gowns and sleepers is totally depleted. If you happen to see this item at a good price, we would appreciate donations, especially 6 month sizes or larger. Thank you for your generous response in the past for all the items on the little blue cards in the pew rack!
With more people in worship, we need to add a permanent third station at our 8:30 and 11 a.m. services. With that in mind, we need more communion assisting ministers. Communion assisting ministers distribute the bread and wine to God's people. Everyone who signs up will be trained by Pr. Arthur Bergren, lead pastor. Sign up online or email the church office at email@example.com.